The United Kingdom is a melting pot of people, ideas and cultures. In fact most of Europe is. This is due in part to the tight geographies that compress the continent’s cultures and histories into the now Euro Zone. But even a forced diversity such as that found in Europe does not translate to understanding. No, understanding requires focused effort. And things foreign are subconsciously ignored let alone focused on.
Sam Barclay, a dyslexic of the United Kingdom, wants to bring understanding to “what it’s like to be dyslexic”.
The “I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic” project is a book resembling that with which one with dyslexia struggles. Just as the preceding sentence is confusing by design, this book takes the reader into the confusing world of dyslexia through a variety of typography design elements. The I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic book is to be coffee table worthy—an art piece—as well as serve the classroom and work environment. Awareness to this struggle and those similar is now delivered in text and binding.
The medium chosen to peer into the world of dyslexia—a book—is compelling. As dyslexia is a condition of reading, the book format reemphasizes the point—dyslexia. The variety in typography, white space, and font size keep the audience engaged without overwhelming. Each page can stand independent of others yet the whole book compliments itself.
Bringing awareness to issues can be very rewarding and Sam Barclay has done an excellent job of creating a series of visual aids to bring awareness to dyslexia. POP it open and explore his work!